In 1976, I voted for Jimmy Carter for president. He seemed like a truly good person. As it turns out, he was, and is a genuinely great human being. Unfortunately he was not effective in the role of a governmental administrator.
I bring up this bit of history as it relates to the local elections. We currently have several truly nice people running for the at-large position for City Council. How do we make a decision on who to vote for?
In my view, there is one clear choice based on what he has actually accomplished: Charlie Willman.
Over the past eight years I have served on the board of the Downtown Development Authority with Charlie Willman as the chair. In that time I have seen him work tirelessly to help us navigate through the often difficult process of getting things done in Glenwood.
In that time he has helped us keep the library downtown, build a new parking structure, widen sidewalks on Seventh Street to accommodate outdoor dining, as well as many other details that have made Glenwood Springs a better place to live.
As if that wasn’t enough, he has devoted countless hours of his time to coach Glenwood Springs High School’s highly successful mock trial team. I would encourage all the citizens of Glenwood to attend one mock trial competition and I think you will come away as impressed as I was at the impact this program has on the young people involved.
I think the city of Glenwood Springs would be very fortunate to have Charlie Willman help guide us through the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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